Storm knocks out power in Green Island Hills

A thunderstorm with gusting winds rolled through Columbus late Wednesday, knocking out power to about 40 homes in the Green Island Hills neighborhood.

John Kraft, a spokesman for Georgia Power Co., said the outages were reported about 7:30 p.m. Power was expected to be restored in about two hours.

Carly Kovacik, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, said the storm was part of a system moving east and northeast through Muscogee County. The thunderstorm was packing some heavy rains and wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph.

The winds were strong enough to knock tree limbs onto power lines along Roaring Branch and Waterford roads. Many of the police calls were for trees on power lines.

Officials in Russell County said there were no reports of downed trees.